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9:20 AM ET, July 12, 2008

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Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
How the iPhone App Store Will Kill iPhone Web Apps  —  Now that the App store is up and running and the millions across the globe that have waited for chat applications and games finally have a service available to them to get most of what they need on their iPhone and iPod touch …
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Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News.com:   Good eatin' from Yelp, the iPhone way
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Jason's long goodbye: Give me a break  —  I know that the goodbye post written by Mahalo supremo Jason Calacanis for his blog is supposedly heartfelt, and full of what he no doubt believes (or hopes we will believe) is authentic human emotion, but it still feels all wrong.  Is it the fact that it reads like a bad script?
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Official announcement regarding my retirement from blogging.  —  “It's with a heavy heart, and much consideration, that today I would like to announce my retirement from blogging.”  —  Jason McCabe Calacanis, July 11th 2008.  —  This was an extremely difficult decision, and I haven't made it lightly.
Sarah Lacy:   Blogging's Crossroads  —  I just finished reading the Jason …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
It's worth the hell  —  Apple continues to amaze.  I've never seen a company have a technical meltdown in front of the eyes of the world the way Apple did today.  Yet when my son got out of the store after three hours of hell inside the store (we were snuck to the front of the line by someone …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
iPhone Users Plagued by Software Problems  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Friday, the iPhone was the iCan't for many users.  —  Apple suffered massive network gridlock Friday morning as many of the six million users of the original iPhone tried to upgrade to new software at the same time as the first buyers …
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Apple Manufacturing a First-Day iPhone Shortage?
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Next Web
Verizon:
V CAST Music With Rhapsody Gets Even Sweeter With LG Chocolate 3 From Verizon Wireless  —  New Flip Form Factor Turns up the Summer Heat with Enhanced Music Subscription Capabilities, Built-in FM transmitter, 2.0 Megapixel Camera and Camcorder  —  Customer Inquiries
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Todd Haselton / LAPTOP Magazine:
Gettin' Melted with the LG Chocolate 3
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Engadget Mobile
John Markoff / New York Times:
Can't Find a Parking Spot?  Check Smartphone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The secret to finding the perfect parking spot in congested cities is usually just a matter of luck.  But drivers here will get some help from an innocuous tab of plastic that will soon be glued to the streets.
Norman Chan / Maximum PC all:
Microsoft Announces Futuristic-Looking Arc Mouse  —  We received a festive press kit in the mail today from Microsoft with details of their impending peripheral releases for the 2008 Holiday season.  What immediately caught our eye was the new Arc Mouse, a collapsible wireless mouse designed to be both stylish and portable.
Discussion: PalmAddicts, Gizmodo and Engadget
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
PaidContent's Rafat Ali Speaks!  So, Here's Who's Next...  Earlier today, BoomTown broke the stunning-for-blogs news that ContentNext, owner of the popular online digital media news site paidContent, was being bought by the Guardian Media Group for about $30 million in an earn-out acquisition.
Robert Verkaik / The Independent:
Mother sues over tale of ‘drunken party’ lifted from Bebo  —  It read like the teenage party from hell: a riot of sex and wanton damage fuelled by under-age drinking that only ended when the police arrived.  According to media reports, the mother of the teenage hostess was so angry with her daughter that she punched her.
Arn / MacRumors:
Upgrading from Unofficial iPhone 2.0 Firmware to Official 2.0 Firmware  —  Yesterday, we published a link to what appeared to be the release version of the iPhone 2.0 Firmware.  This version of the firmware was successfully installed on a number of original iPhones and readers were able to start using Apps from the iTunes App Store.
Royal Pingdom:
Microsoft's software update beats Apple and Ubuntu  —  Every OS out there can be updated over the Web.  In fact, this functionality is a critical and important part of the OS, and updates are often done in an automated fashion.  Windows has its Windows Update, Mac OS X has its Apple Software Update …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
When the Phone Goes With You, Everyone Else Can Tag Along  —  John Arispe cruised slowly along in his car, one eye on the road, one eye on a glowing blue dot on a digital map of the Springfield Mall neighborhood in Northern Virginia, displayed on the screen of his sleek new Apple iPhone 3G.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senators propose 5-year ban on higher cell phone taxes  —  The average US tax rate for most goods is 7.07 percent, but the taxman has a special affinity for wireless phone and data services, which are taxed at a whopping 15.9 percent when you combine state, local, and federal taxes.
Discussion: Gizmodo Australia, Gizmodo and Digg
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Review  —  There are simple reasons why the new iPhone 3G is better than the last.  —  Apple has eliminated so many annoying little hang ups that you might run into when using the old one.  The GPS pinpoints to meters instead of blocks.  The 3G connection slashes web loading times by minutes to seconds.
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine
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Kent German / CNET News.com:
CNET's iPhone 3G review in real time
Discussion: Between the Lines and GMSV
CNN:
FCC Chairman Recommends No Fine for Comcast  —  WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin Friday said he would not seek to fine cable giant Comcast Corp. (CMCSA, CMCSK) for slowing some Internet traffic.  —  Instead, Martin said he wants the Comcast …
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Business Wire:
Rambus Files Patent Infringement Suit Against NVIDIA
Discussion: Ars Technica, Engadget and Gizmodo
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Antitrust hearing to draw Yahoo, Microsoft, Google legal eagles
Alicia Wallace / BroomfieldEnterprise.com:
Sun Microsystems cuts 212 jobs in Broomfield, Louisville
Discussion: TechCrunchIT and eWeek
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
NY attorney general gets more ISPs to block alt.* newsgroups
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
IBM's 4.0GHz Power7 to fuel 40,000 chip monster
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ZDNet:
Ex Hewlett-Packard VP pleads guilty to IBM theft
Discussion: The Register and Engadget
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
DNS researcher convinces skeptics that bug is serious
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Forum Members Hands-On with Treo 800w
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Cost Of Online Video: $8 Billion And Counting
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft: Vista more secure than XP, Leopard, and Linux
Discussion: Microsoft
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
How can Google break the ad-free culture on YouTube?